Soman Chainani is an American author and filmmaker. His first novel, “The School for Good and Evil”, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, has been translated into 28 languages across 6 continents, and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures.

  • A Little Life

    A Little Life follows four college classmates???broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition???as they move to New York in search of fame and fortune. While their relationships, which are tinged by addiction, success, and pride, deepen over the decades, the men are held together by their devotion to the brilliant, enigmatic Jude, a man scarred by an unspeakable childhood trauma. A hymn to brotherly bonds and a masterful depiction of love in the twenty-first century, Hanya Yanagihara???s stunning novel is about the families we are born into, and those that we make for ourselves.

  • Cirque du Soleil

    Creativity and innovation are widely recognized as essential to success in business, and so many aspects of our lives. For over two decades, Cirque du Soleil has been a world-renowned laboratory of creativity, enthralling audiences around the world by fusing dazzling acrobatics, staging and choreography, and music, along with beautiful costumes and technical effects to inspire and create magical, almost otherworldly theatrical experiences. In The Spark, Cirque’s former president of creative content, Lyn Heward, invites readers inside the world and ideas of Cirque du Soleil through the story of an ordinary man searching for meaning in his work and life.,Like so many other people in their careers, sports agent Frank Castle has lost the passion he once had for his job. But a chance encounter with an inspiring Cirque du Soleil director takes him inside Cirque du Soleil to meet the artists, directors, designers, and technicians who create, shape, and perform in their acclaimed shows. As the story unfolds, the artists reveal surprising secrets about the sparks that ignite their creativity ??? from the pressure of deadlines and the exhilaration that comes from risking it all, to the chance encounters and everyday occurrences that have changed the way they live and work. As Frank comes to discover, every one of us is creative ??? wherever we work or whatever our job title is ??? but it???s up to us to tap into that powerful force.,As The Spark makes clear, there is no single formula for creative success???each of us must unlock the power of our imagination in our own way. An inspiring tale that draws on behind-the-scenes stories from the most creative people in entertainment as well as some out-of-this-world Cirque du Soleil magic, The Spark is an unparalleled guide on how to make creativity a part of everything you do.,Lyn Heward is the former President and COO of Cirque du Soleil???s Creative Content Division and is currently acting as executive producer for a variety of special projects. John U. Bacon, a veteran journalist and public speaker, has won numerous national writing awards and is the author of three books.

  • Garden Cities of To-Morrow

    Sir Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928) was a prominent British urban planner. He travelled to America from England at the age of 21, moved to Nebraska, and soon discovered that he was not meant to be a farmer. By 1876 he was back in England, where he found a job with Hansard, which produces the official verbatim record of Parliament, and he spent the rest of his life in this occupation. Howard read widely, including Edward Bellamy’s 1888 utopian novel Looking Backward and thought deeply about social issues. One result was his book To-Morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform (1898), which was reprinted in 1902 as Garden Cities of To-morrow.,This book offered a vision of towns free of slums and enjoying the benefits of both town (such as opportunity, amusement and high wages) and country (such as beauty, fresh air and low rents). He illustrated the idea with his famous Three Magnets diagram which addressed the question ‘Where will the people go? ‘, the choices being ‘Town’, ‘Country’ or ‘Town-Country’ – the Three Magnets. In 1899 he founded the Garden Cities Association, now known as the Town and Country Planning Association and the oldest environmental charity in England.

  • His Dark Materials

    The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in one volume perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series.,These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will???two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels and soul-eating specters. And in the end, the fate of both the living???and the dead???will rely on them.,Phillip Pullman???s spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy has captivated readers for over twenty years and won acclaim at every turn. It will have you questioning everything you know about your world and wondering what really lies just out of reach.

  • Peter Pan

    Scottish writer J M Barrie wrote both a play and a novel about the boy Peter Pan, who wouldn’t grow up. This is the novel. Peter Pan lives with all the other Lost Boys in Neverland, where they never have to grow up. He visits Wendy Darling by flying through her bedroom window, and brings she and her brothers into Neverland where they encounter the fairy Tinkerbell, the princess Tiger Lily and the pirate Captain Cook.

  • Tao Te Ching

    In eighty-one brief chapters, Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, or Book of the Way, provides advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit, and teaches us how to work for the good with the effortless skill that comes from being in accord with the Tao???the basic principle of the universe.,Stephen Mitchell’s bestselling version has been widely acclaimed as a gift to contemporary culture.

  • The Graveyard Book

    Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their timely ghostly teachings-like the ability to Fade. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are things like ghouls that aren’t really one thing or the other.,This chilling tale is Neil Gaiman’s first full-length novel for middle-grade readers since the internationally bestselling and universally acclaimed Coraline. Like Coraline, this book is sure to enchant and surprise young readers as well as Neil Gaiman’s legion of adult fans.

  • The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales

    Murder, mutilation, cannibalism, infanticide, and incest: the darker side of classic fairy tales figures as the subject matter for this intriguing study of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm’s Nursery and Household Tales. This updated and expanded second edition includes a new preface and an appendix containing new translations of six tales, along with commentary by Maria Tatar. Throughout the book, Tatar skillfully employs the tools not only of a psychoanalyst but also of a folklorist, literary critic, and historian to examine the harsher aspects of these stories. She presents new interpretations of the powerful stories in this worldwide best-selling book. Few studies have been written in English on these tales, and none has probed their allegedly happy endings so thoroughly.

  • The Little Mermaid

    After saving a prince from drowning, a mermaid princess embraces a life of extreme self-sacrifice to win his love and gain an immortal soul.,Over a century after its first publication, Hans Christian Andersen???s The Little Mermaid persists as one of the world???s most enduring works of fantasy for children.,This edition combines the world-famous translation of H.B. Paull with two sets of classic illustrations, the engravings of Vilhelm Pedersen from the original Danish edition and Helen Stratton???s illustrations from the first English edition of The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen. Both sets provide a beautiful and dramatic visual compliment to this haunting and inexpressibly moving tale of love.,Also included are notes with pronunciations and definitions of some words that may be unfamiliar to grade school readers.

  • The Neverending Story

    Read the book that inspired the classic coming-of-age film before it’s back onscreen in select theaters this September!,From award-winning German author Michael Ende, The Neverending Story is a classic tale of one boy and the book that magically comes to life. ,When Bastian happens upon an old book called The Neverending Story, he’s swept into the magical world of Fantastica–so much that he finds he has actually become a character in the story! And when he realizes that this mysteriously enchanted world is in great danger, he also discovers that he is the one chosen to save it. Can Bastian overcome the barrier between reality and his imagination in order to save Fantastica?,”An instantaneous leap into the magical . . . Energetic, innovative, and perceptive”???The Washington Post,”A trumpet blast for the imagination.”???Sunday Times

  • The Velvet Rage

    A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one’s identity, and how to overcome it.,In The Velvet Rage, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man’s journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.

  • The War of Art

    A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. What keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor???be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece, Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identifies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.,???s ,is the creatives equivalent of ,by ,. It’s an ass-kicking manifesto on ???breaking through blocks and winning our inner creative battles???. It’s also one of the , on this site., took a radically different, no-bullshit approach to writing this book. It focuses on every creatives’ arch-nemesis???,???and how this enemy can stop us from achieving anything if we let it., , asks. The answer: ,More than just a self-help book to overcome procrastination, , is a call-to-arms on professionalism, artistic integrity and drive, whatever your field may be. It’s essential reading for any artist, writer, UX designer or creative professional.